France pays tribute to ‘complete artist’ Jane Birkin

Leading French politicians and cultural figures have paid tribute to actress, singer and style icon Jane Birkin who died on Sunday at the age of 76. London-born Birkin is considered a national treasure in her adopted home of France and is known internationally for her innate sense of style. , her writing and her notorious relationship with French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.

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French President Emmanuel Macron praised Birkin on Sunday as a “complete artist” and an “icon”.

“Because she embodies freedom, because she sings the most beautiful lyrics in our language, Jean Birkin is a French icon. A complete artist,” Macron said on Twitter.

prime minister of french EgyptLisabeth Borne said on Sunday that Birkin was an “unforgettable icon” with a “unique voice and charisma”.

Bohn tweeted: “Through her music and talent, she transcended generations. Thank you for the emotions you touched and the legacy that will live on forever.”

France’s culture ministry hailed the actress-singer as “an eternal icon of the French language”.

Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak called the Birkin “a timeless fashion icon of an entire era” and “the most French of Brits”.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, echoed the sentiment, calling Birkin “a“The Most Parisian British Woman”. She added, “We’ll never forget her songs, her laugh or her incomparable accent.”

Tribute to Actors, Musicians, Designers

Actress and activist Brigitte Bardot hailed an artist “always in our hearts”, saying “when a person is so beautiful, so fresh, so natural, with a child’s voice, they have no right to die”.

French singer ‘can’t imagine living in a world without your light’ EgyptTienne Daho, one of Birkin’s close friends, wrote on Instagram.

Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing of the fashion world said Birkin’s death was the passing of an “icon” whose bohemian chic style inspired many. Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus posted a photo of the Birkin in tribute.

Hermès named a bag after the Birkin in 1984 after complaining to a former CEO about not being able to find a bag that met all her needs as a young mother .

In a statement, the luxury brand hailed Birkin as “a dear and close friend” endowed with “great humanity”.

(“France 24” reported by AFP and AP)

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